Australia's first medallist by default
Technically, Australia's boxer Taylah Robertson was the first Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games medallist.
The 19-year-old became the first athlete to be guaranteed a medal at GC2018, benefitting from a lucky draw in the women’s 51kg division with a bye.
With seven entrants in the division, Robertson received direct entry to the semifinals on Friday 13 April, while the six other entrants will fight in three quarterfinals on the 10th and 11th.
Win or lose, Robertson will take home the bronze, however the youngest ever Australian women's boxing competitor is not at GC2018 to just win a bronze medal.
“I want the gold medal and I’m not here to win bronze,” The Commonwealth Games debutant said.
“It’s nice to have a medal but I want gold - and with all the training I’ve done, I want to earn it. I’m not worried about who I meet in the semi-final, I’m ready.”
Taking up the sport at the age of 12, Robertson initially wanted to just to keep fit.
However, after a few years as sparring partner for the boys on Bribie Island, her coach encouraged her to take part in a fight.
She then moved to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast to be closer to her gym and nurture her talent.
In boxing, both semifinal losers take bronze ensuring Robertson has already locked in a podium finish without stepping in the ring.
The boxing program starts at Oxenford Studios on the first day of the Games, continuing on until April 14. Tickets are still available to Robertson’s semifinal bout on 13 April and you can witness her in her quest for gold by snapping up your tickets.